Repository Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2010-01-05

Employer: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a motivated, self-starter with excellent task management and communication skills to serve as Repository Librarian for the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), the University’s institutional and digital preservation repository. The CDR manages and ensures continuing access to digital content of enduring value produced or maintained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is a University-wide service in support of persistent access to Carolina’s digital scholarship and heritage. The CDR provides a set of services to help Carolina community members manage and secure their digital content, and make this content discoverable online to designated communities, as well as the mechanisms for digital content to be collected, organized, stored, searched, linked, read, distributed, indexed, and preserved.

Reporting to the Head of the Library Systems Office, the Repository Librarian will be responsible for supporting UNC faculty, students, and staff with information, training, and assistance in depositing digital materials into the CDR, and for working with the CDR Steering Committee and with policy, programming, and other staff to define and implement repository policies, workflows, and capabilities. The Repository Librarian will have lead responsibility for ensuring that CDR programs align with the needs of the UNC community and that UNC faculty, students, and staff are aware of and know how to utilize CDR services.

The Repository Librarian will: oversee and coordinate CDR projects, prepare and maintain project plans and schedules; communicate with depositors, steering committee members, and other University constituents; maintain CDR website and online documentation; work with librarians, faculty, and the heads of the various academic, administrative, and research units on campus to identify materials that would be appropriate to include in the CDR, explain expectations, policies, and workflows, negotiate deposit agreements, provide services, training, and support and investigate and resolve user issues; manage the ingest of materials, including mapping user requirements and metadata to repository functionality and standards; contribute to the planning and development of CDR strategy, functionality, and capacity by gathering and analyzing depositor and user input and feedback; participate in testing of CDR functionality and planning of needed changes; ensure that CDR programs are aligned and integrated with other UNC systems as appropriate; participate in the development and implementation of policies and workflows that govern the deposit and management of content in the CDR, including those regarding appropriate content, metadata standards, access conditions, intellectual property rights and copyright, commitments to depositors, and types and levels of service; provide orientation and training on CDR programs, policies, and workflows to Library staff and others who have faculty liaison and support responsibilities; manage grant and other externally funded support for the CDR on an as-needed basis; promote the CDR, including registering with appropriate harvesting, indexing, and other service providers; represent the University of North Carolina and its libraries at appropriate conferences and meetings relative to institutional repositories specifically and to the larger issues related to scholarly communication.

Required: ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree in archival studies or related field. Coursework or experience resulting in knowledge of principles and practices governing the development and management of institutional repositories, especially those dealing with long-term preservation of digital materials. Demonstrated project management experience. Knowledge of issues pertaining to intellectual property and copyright and with deposit agreements and scholarly communication issues surrounding institutional repositories. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, programmers, and library or curatorial staff. Excellent communication skills.

Preferred: Three or more years of full-time work experience in a library, archives, museum, or other cultural repository with significant experience and accomplishments involving the acquisition and management of born-digital or digitized library, archival, or museum materials. Experience working with faculty members in a research environment to collect and preserve their professional papers and data. Experience writing and managing grants. Active professional involvement, including publication and presentations, in issues concerning digital preservation or institutional repository development and management. Supervisory experience.

Please note the degree requirement is for an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree in archival studies or related field. Don’t be shy about applying if you’re not a librarian.

Archived on: 2010-02-15